These Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite Christmas cookies. I lie. I can’t choose a favorite. But they are the ones I tend to instinctively grab the most. The mixture that you dip the peanut butter cracker sandwiches in is a perfect balance of milk/dark chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips. I think it’s the butterscotch chips that provide that extra something that keeps me coming back. Although subtle, it pairs so well with the peanut butter.
I’m continuing with the frozen no-bake desserts to help you prepare for the holiday season. There is another Ritz Cracker recipe after this one before I switch over to baked cookies. Both Ritz Cracker cookies are addicting and super easy but this one is definitely the richer of the two (the other one is really easy to pop in your mouth like popcorn). The most time intensive part is dipping each cookie into the chocolate. But biting into the thin but crisp chocolate coating, crunchy cracker, and creamy hardened peanut butter is totally worth it.
We always make the same cookies and candies every year for Christmas. The only recent change is the addition of some homemade Kahula Espresso Truffles (coming soon) that I make. They’re pretty time intensive but a huge hit. In the years I wasn’t making them because of the diet I was on, there was always a brief mourning period observed by everyone.
I’m very hopeful that this Christmas season I’ll actually be able to partake in all the treats. With ulcerative colitis, I always seemed to be getting sick, hospitalized, or recovering from being hospitalized during the whole holiday season (which I consider to be from October-December). It’s my favorite time of year and it has just killed me that I haven’t been able to partake fully.
Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- 60 Ritz Crackers
- Creamy peanut butter
- 12 ounces milk or dark melting chocolate
- 8 ounces white melting chocolate
- 6 ounces butterscotch baking chips
Make peanut butter sandwiches with two Ritz Crackers and peanut butter.
Melt the milk/dark chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch baking chips together in a double boiler.
Dip sandwiches in melted mixture and put on a cookie sheet. Once the sheet is full, place it in the freezer until the cookies are frozen.
Store in a zip lock bag in the freezer.
I've gotten the best results with Ghirardelli or Guittard's melting wafers for these cookies.
The Horror, The Horror!!!
Adding food back into your diet is always a gambling game. Can I? Should I? Will I? For three to six months after the reconnection surgery, a low fat and fiber diet is recommended. How can you tell if you’re ready to start adding more fat and fiber? The only thing you can do is try. Sometimes nothing bad happens. Other times you have to work through a little pain or retreat.
I recently had to retreat a little.
I wanted to have ragu but all the recipes had a ton of fat. I finally settled on Kenji Lopez-Alt’s Hearty Mushroom Bolognese recipe. I still had to adjust it some but it came out great. It is very rich, hearty, and complex without all the fat. Lots of fiber though, but luckily I was able to handle it the first day with penne pasta.
The next day I really wanted to try Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats. I used Pinch of Yum’s recipe, adjusting it to reduce the fat and using the ragu sauce I made instead. It was delicious but the next day, as I was working at a coffee shop, I started getting intense cramps. They were bad enough that I began to get worried again. And for the past two weeks I haven’t been worried. I stuck it out but by the time I went home I was whimpering a little. The whole rest of the day went down the drain. I chugged water and drank some gas relief and dandelion leaf tea to help.
It’s Alive, It’s Alive
The next day I felt better and went to my second full session yoga class. Yoga is great for checking in with your body and it is still a little strange for me. I’m hanging out steadily around the 99/100 pound range, which is about 2o pounds lighter than my normal weight. So my body feels different to me. Laying on my back, rolling over to my side, and rolling up and down in yoga is not very comfortable because of all my bony protrusions. But anyway, we were laying back in Supta Baddha Konasana with our hands on our stomachs. And mine felt weird to me.
Most of it was the weight-there was less padding so I was able to feel my organs more easily, my scar tissue, my internal lumps and bumps. I also felt a heartbeat in my hand. A doctor in the ER during my pancreatitis stay mentioned that he could hear a heartbeat in my stomach, where there isn’t usually one. This was caused by all the rearranging that went on during the long surgery when my colon was removed.
So I was laying there, feeling my insides and holding my heartbeat in my hand. Needless to say, especially with all the horror novels I’ve been reading in honor of Halloween, I was a little freaked. Then something in my stomach started to move, like something was crawling in there. I felt like shouting “It’s Alive, IT’S ALIVE,” in Young Frankenstein style. I resisted the urge and was able to continue my practice. But I often feel like my digestive system is my own monster, my IT stalking me in the shadows, retaining a will and life separate of my own.